Vernal Pools for Me – Week 2 – Big Night Eve

A Web Comic – by Laura Bollert with Kris Hoffmann

Mac and Andy are Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum). These amphibians spend over 95% of the year underground in burrows made by small mammals and rotten roots. Spotted Salamanders and Wood Frogs make long migrations each spring to vernal pools, which are fishless wetlands that dry up in the summer. The salamanders’ journey occurs at night during the first warm rain of the year, which ecologist refer to as “Big Night.”
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